Sunday, January 26, 2014

Köln Thanksgiving!

We can't let a 4 day weekend pass without traveling somewhere!  For Thanksgiving, we decided to go to Cologne (Köln).  It was about 2.5 hours away, and a very easy drive.  I found an affordable hotel with a public parking deck close by, walking distance from the Dom.  We stayed here: Hotel CityInn

We have to get a Quad Room, because hotels in Europe make you pay for the number of people in your room, even children.  Our Quad room was all the way on the top floor, and actually ended up being a big room with a double bed, and a smaller attached room with twin beds.  It was great!

The big room.

The attached room.

We walked about 5 minutes, and found the Dom.  It was so foggy we couldn't see the top!

They started building this church in 1248, and it has the second tallest spires in Europe!

It wasn't finished until the 18th C!

They are doing some cleaning and repairs.

The pictures don't do it justice.  This place is cavernous!

There is so much detail in every window!

There's the organ!

This is a new window, installed in 2007.

Every part of this Cathedral is art!

That gold box is the shrine of the Three Kings, and they say it holds the bones of the Three Wise Men, who visited Baby Jesus.

This part of the floor shows the footprint of the Dom.

This was a beautiful little corner for prayer.

It was hard to get them to stand still long enough for a photo!

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